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  6. 25 African countries unite and call for immediate action to save elephants

    Representatives of 25 African countries meetinghave adopted a ground-breaking Declaration demanding a total ban on ivory trade worldwide, The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation have reported. The Cotonou Declaration calls for immediate and decisive action to save the African elephant.

    Representatives from the countries stressed that African elephants are facing the worst crisis since 1989 when all populations were listed on CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), banning international ivory trade.

    As a result, elephants are being decimated at an alarming rate throughout Africa, while human lives are being lost in attempts to protect this global flagship species. Protection was weakened in 1997 and 2000 when populations in four Southern Africa countries; Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe were down-listed to less endangered status to allow two sales of ivory stockpiles in 1999 and 2008. Between 2011 and 2013 alone, more than 100,000 elephants were killed for the ivory trade.

    The Cotonou Declaration aims to end this crisis by committing to strengthen collaboration between member States to secure the highest possible protection for all African elephant populations under international law.

    Participants called for a strict ban on all international and domestic ivory trade, including re-listing all African elephant populations as most endangered. They also called on other countries and organisations to support the proposal.

    The coalition also discussed other threats to elephants, particularly human-elephant conflict, as well as the difficulties member States face against determined and well-armed poachers, and in enforcing laws to combat poaching and ivory trade.

    β€œThis is very welcome news,” says DSWF CEO, Sally Case. β€œDSWF is pleased to be able to support these initiatives wherever possible.”

    About The African Elephant Coalition: the Coalition was established in 2008 in Bamako, Mali. It comprises 28 member countries from Africa united by a common goal: β€œa viable and healthy elephant population free of threats from international ivory trade.”



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